Chicago White Sox (73-53) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (65-59)
August 26, 2021 3:07 pm EDT
The Line: Toronto Blue Jays -105 / Chicago White Sox -105; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays meet in MLB action from Rogers Centre on Thursday.
The Chicago White Sox will look to rebound from a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Yoan Moncada had the lone RBI for the White Sox in the win while Lury Garcia went 2 for 3 at the dish. Cesar Hernandez, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu each had a hit as well as none of Chicago’s six hits as a team went for extra bases in the losing effort. Lucas Giolito allowed one run on five hits while striking out six over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Aaron Bummer ended up with the loss in relief to fall to 2-5 on the year. Carlos Rodon will start here and is 9-5 with a 2.38 ERA and 160 strikeouts this season.
The Toronto Blue Jays will look to win the series after their win over the White Sox from Wednesday night. Corey Dickerson went 2 for 3 with a triple and an RBI while Alejandro Kirk and Randal Grichuk each had RBIs as well to finish off the scoring for the Blue Jays in the winning effort. Marcus Semien had a double while Santiago Espinal, Breyvic Valera, Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. all had base this to cap off Toronto’s offense as a team in the win. Robbie Ray allowed one run on five hits while striking out a whopping 14 over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Tim Mayza got the win in relief to improve to 4-1 on the year while Jordan Romano closed the 9th for his 13th save of the season Hyun-Jin Ryu will start here and is 12-6 with a 3.54 ERA and 111 strikeouts this season.
Chicago is 37-14 in their last 51 games against a left-handed starter and 17-36 in their last 53 games as an underdog while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games against the AL East. Toronto is 4-1 in their last 5 game four matchups and 5-2 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
This series so far has mostly been about stifling pitching and suffocating defense and I think we’re seeing more of the same on Thursday. Carlos Rodon has pitched really well for the White Sox this season while Ryu has been one of the better arms in Toronto’s rotation this season. I think there’s a lot at stake for both teams as well to perform in the finale, so give me the under here.